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“A Must Do while in Juneau”

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
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Juneau Shore Excursion: City and Mendenhall Glacier Tour with Seafood Lunch or...
Ranked #1 of 83 things to do in Juneau
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located in Mendenhall Lake, this glacier is 1.5 miles wide and 12 miles long.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
St. Louis, MO USA
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“A Must Do while in Juneau”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

We visited Mendenhall Glacier as part of an "Explorer Tour" in mid-June with perfect weather. From the port, it's a short 15 minute drive by bus to the entrance of the park. A Visitor's Center sits at the base where a short video can be viewed showing the history including time-lapse video. There are also several trails that are fairly easy for anyone to walk (most are paved). You can get close to the waterfall just to the right of the glacier but you can't walk on the glacier itself. We were told there are very few options to get to walk on the glacier unless you book a helicopter flight (very pricey). Never-the-less, we still enjoyed our close up view after walking the trail to the end. This should be on everyone's list to things-to-do while stopping in Juneau.

Visited June 2013
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“Personal Tour”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

Ended up getting a free, personal tour from the Forest Ranger! He was able to point out mountain goats, tell us about all of the animals living near the glacier and provide us with amazing insight! When you go, simply keep your eyes open for the rangers walking on the trails. They were very friendly and made the experience so much better

Visited June 2013
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San Diego, CA
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“See a spectacular glacier”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

Visited during port stop on HAL cruise, but purchased our own shuttle tickets ($15 each on the pier) rather than taking a ship's tour. Beautiful sunny day (rare) so we not only visited the educational and interesting visitor's center and watched the film about Glacier, but also hiked the 1 mile trail through the woods to Nugget Falls. Spring flowers were out, the falls spectacular (especially up close), and the views of the glacier awe inspiring. Small fee paid at the visitor's center. Shuttle ride takes about 15 minutes from downtown.

Visited June 2013
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Far North Coast, NSW
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“Felt very safe walking on the Glacier”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

This was an amazing Glacier to visit. We walked on the glacier as part of a Temsco helicopter flight. Got some fantastic photos and spoke to others that viewed it from the lake below and they also loved the glacier experience. Not to be missed however you see it!

Visited May 2013
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“A sight to see firsthand”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

We took a combination tour but I would have liked to have stayed longer and really taken our time. My husband and our friend rushed down to the waterfall to take photos so I wish we could have had a more leisure visit, It is something to see firsthand. REading the reviews does not really do it justice. We saw bald eagles and enjoyed the little of the visitors center that we were able to take in. I would encourage all to see and take your time. We had to go to our next tour otherwise would have stayed. Restrooms at the bottom need to be larger for women-always a line for some reason.

Visited June 2013
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